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France: Train des Mouettes/Train of Seagulls

Economic, social  development & support

France: Train des Mouettes/Train of Seagulls

Objective: Refurbish an historical coach through the enhancement of a touristic train route

  • Status

    Project completed

  • Location France

As the traffic is increasing regularly, a need for additional vehicles has been identified. The association Trains and Traction has decided to take this occasion for re-building vehicles identical to the ones that were operated in the first half of the 20th century, in mining sites of the North East of France. This would be historically consistent with the steam locomotive already operated by the association and with the second one currently in refurbishment process.

The re-building activity is sustained by local authorities, as it involves people in the re-insertion process on the job market. We were solicited for the purchase of materials (wood, paint) necessary for the rebuild. This project will help to reduce pollution levels as it gives an alternative way for tourists to visit the area and increase tourism on the railway line.

Partner: Trains and Traction circulates the Train of Seagulls railway line built in 1875. This train is pulled by the oldest locomotive VN France, Schneider Creusot a historical monument dating from 1891. It hopes to involve as many people as possible in the restoration and return to service of the Train of Seagulls.

Sponsor: BRISOU Florent

  • Promoter

    François Papin

  • Duration

    11 months